Launch New Holiday Traditions Once You Have Moved to Little Rock

By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group 

Holiday Cheer in New HouseRemember when you were a kid and the best day ever was when the Sears Wish Book landed in the mailbox? Okay, in case you are too young to have that miraculous remembrance, the Wish Book was a Christmas catalog, sporting a gorgeous, delightfully lit tree on the cover, and pages and pages of playthings, and bicycles, and dollhouses--and matching pj's for the family. That catalog cover was an inspiration for a perfect Christmas for countless children who're Amazon-savvy grown ups now, and be honest, you sort of miss the excitement of opening that Wish Book and finding that year's Barbie Dream House on the inside cover.

That's the thing about traditions--they eventually phase out, and something new takes the place of the old. At times they reach a natural and organic conclusion--the identical pajamas come to mind--but in other instances, a tradition ceases too suddenly, causing you to be stuck in an emotional vacuum. That is a prevalent occurrence when you have moved to Little Rock and are facing that initial holiday season in a new area, without your "this is what we typically do" safety net to navigate the season. Oh, you never really like going to your Aunt Myrtle's for dried out turkey for Thanksgiving? And those former neighbors whose idea of decorating was a yard (and roof) full of inflatables?? Well, it is time to let it go and start some new traditions--ones that you and your loved ones want to do.

Friendsgiving

It's a millennial thing that's caught on over generational divides (some millennials have kids in high school these days), as a group that's on the move and thus spending the holidays away from home and family. Ask a few new friends--neighbors, co-workers, kid's friends families--over for a Friendsgiving meal. You supply the turkey, or tenderloin, or the chopsticks (you are breaking out--feel free to order in Chinese) and everybody brings a side or a dessert. Don't think you need to invite thousands, ask as few or as many as you like.

Volunteer

There are lots of volunteer choices over the holidays, and you can do it yourself, or as a family unit. Churches, YMCAs, and coffee shops can be a super source of locating options, covering anything from helping out in a soup kitchen to providing holiday dinners and presents and wrapping gifts for kids.

Attend an Event

Shocking as it can be to grasp, there is far more to holiday activities than an additional amateur performance of the Nutcracker. You can find holiday concerts, tree lightings, plays, as well as religious activities. Many little municipalities host light extravaganzas--find out if there is one nearby. A few cities in the South set up outdoor ice-skating rinks during the holidays--sure, you could wear shorts, but do bring mittens because it is a little chilly out there on the ice.

Movie Night

Most of us grew up with the Grinch, and those great Rankin-Bass movies--who could possibly ever forget about the Burgermeister Meisterburger? Create a weekly movie date during the holidays and take another look at the old "Miracle on 34th Street" one week, and "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" or "Christmas With the Kranks" the subsequent.

Take A Vacation

If you are just not feeling the holidays this year, and you can manage it financially, consider a vacation. It isn't too late to plan a trip somewhere warmer and sunny, however if that is not in the budget head someplace close by. If you can possibly comfortably travel there, New York is at its finest during the holidays--the large tree at Rockefeller Center goes up ahead of Thanksgiving, as well as the holiday shop windows along Fifth and Madison Avenues are nearly worth the visit.

Stay Connected

The online world makes it so simple to stay in touch with old friends and family when you are moving a long distance away--it's bittersweet, for sure, yet ultimately more sweet than bitter. You may share your activities immediately or even browse through photos more unhurried down the road. In either case, stay upbeat--New Year's is only a week away and then it is all finished until next year.

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